(LOS ANGELES) -- A Los Angeles school police officer who claimed he was shot last week, prompting officials to place several schools on lockdown and thousands of officers to search for the alleged gunman, made the whole story up.
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed Thursday that Jeffrey Stenroos' story was a hoax and that there was no gunman. The Los Angeles Unified School District officer said he was shot in the chest on Jan. 19 after confronting a suspect who was trying to break into cars near El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills.
"The Law enforcement community is disgusted upon learning that Mr. Stenroos filed a false police report and apparently may have shot himself. His lies set into motion the largest search for a suspect in recent history and inconvenienced thousands of people for hours," Paul M. Weber, President of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said in a statement.
"If these allegations are proven true, Mr. Stenroos is now where he belongs, behind bars," Weber added.
Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio